Sean Hannity was not in the mood to celebrate the announcement that the special council would not have found any coordination between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's election. presidential election of 2016. Instead, he was furious. There was no collusion, no obstruction, no conspiracy, as he had always told his audience.
"You should be mad at what happened here," Hannity said. "All of America – I'm pissed off and the rest of the country should be above what has happened."
While Monday was the occasion for a victory round for some Republican lawmakers and allies of Trump, Hannity and Fox News hosts in prime time approached the end of the 22-month investigation of special advocate Robert S. Mueller III with anger and vitriol towards the Democratic legislators, the intelligence services, the liberals and the media. Their message echoed President Trump's plan to seek "revenge and responsibility" from critics, as Ashley Parker and Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reported, even as Democrats pushed for a full publication of the report. Mueller and insisted that the president was far from being justified by his findings. .
"It must be a day of media consideration, for the deep state, for those who abuse power, and they have done so blatantly in this country," Hannity said. "If we do not get it, hold those people accountable, I promise you, with all the love I can muster for this country and our future for our children and grandchildren, we will lose the greatest country God ever gave to man, we will lose him. "
During his monologue of more than 25 minutes, Hannity, wearing a blue jumpsuit, wearing a red and white tie and wearing an FBI flag pin, would have been given to him by an officer, the defendants of the opponents of the Democrats and Trump, especially the former FBI director, James B. Comey, and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), have lied to the public.
"We'll hold every liar, every propagandist, every conspiracy theorist," Hannity promised.
It was the same for the media, he said, highlighting the headlines of the Washington Post, Atlantic and Vox which, according to him, were false or unfair. He did the same for CNN and MSNBC, his competitors on cable, by broadcasting old animated clips and experts talking about possible Russian collusion. Describing the media as "hate-trump media," Hannity also called Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who, he said, "sold a conspiracy theory night after night."
"The journalism I told you in 2007, he's dead, he's buried and it's not something I said lightly," Hannity said. "They have earned their horrible reputation."
As Paul Farhi of The Post newspaper noted, Mueller's summary of findings by Attorney General William P. Barr was a thunderclap for mainstream media who pointed to the story that Trump might have reached with Russia. This is especially true for cable news networks, including CNN and MSNBC, which have devoted hundreds of hours of coverage. Despite the backtracking of those who are siding with the president, the national outlets are largely covered.
In a dizzying exhibition, Hannity then told many stories in recent years in which, he said, the media were too fast to be judged, with topics ranging from death to police from Michael Brown to Ferguson, Missouri, and Freddie. Gray in Baltimore on charges of sexual misconduct against Brett M. Kavanaugh and Jussie Smollett, Supreme Court justices, of a hate crime in Chicago. The moderator then welcomed Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's lawyer who had just come out arguing with CNN's Chris Cuomo that the network should be excused for "torturing" Trump in the past two years.
Hannity has also taken the time to congratulate many people in conservative or right-wing media – talk radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as the "Fox & Friends" team, to name a few. a few – for their "courage, logic and independence". thinkers standing alone. "
"Nobody would have defended the truth, discovered the greatest abuse of power and the most scandalous in our history," said Hannity.
Tucker Carlson was heading for Hannity. In addition to telling the story of Kavanaugh and other media, the media would have been too quick to judge, wondering why the Liberals apparently were not relieved that the president was not "an agent from a foreign country ". This idea left Carlson not only confused but also disgusted.
"They do not celebrate for their country. They are not grateful, "said Carlson. "They are more angry than ever."
Carlson, who equated those who believed that Trump or his campaign coincided with Russia with people who claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, welcomed Donald Trump Jr., a key player in the Special Council's investigation. . A key element of the case was the Trump Jr. meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer who had promised to dirty Hillary Clinton. Calling the Russian collusion charges against him, his father and his associates "a blemish on our Constitution", the eldest of the president's children said he was optimistic about what his father could accomplish now that the Special investigation of the lawyer is over.
"My father has done incredible things with everything that's going on, with this cloud on his head," said Trump Jr. "Imagine what he could do if you could let him do his job?" He then advised those who still opposed his father to "sit down" and "jump on the Trump train".
On Fox Business Network, Lou Dobbs called Monday "a great day, a big day in America", which contained a graphic reading "Vindicated & Exonerated". The chart was consistent with the Chairman's description of the report: "full and complete exemption." In fact, in his summary, Barr noted, "Although this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, he did not Does not exonerate either. "The Democrats insist that Barr testify and calls for a complete assessment. of the evidence in the investigation of the special advocate be made public. Although the president is not accused of colluding with Russia, almost every aspect of Trump's career in the business world is being investigated by state or federal authorities, the Washington Post reported. .
Nevertheless, Dobbs is pleased, he said, with those opponents to the president "apparently writhing in pain today in the light of the truth."
"The president defeated the evil forces who, for a time, defied the republic itself," Dobbs said.
At the beginning of the Laura Ingraham show, the smiling animator asked Hannity what "the meaning of the story of life after Mueller" might look like a network that tirelessly repeats Trump's claim that the affair whole would be a "witch hunt".
"What will we do with all the time we have, Hannity?" She asked her colleague from Fox News.
"We will get to the bottom of things," replied Hannity.
Although Ingraham took up the theme of the evening's "report", she also took the time to act as President's radio advisor. "He should take advantage of this moment to reorient and relaunch his presidency," she said. The graphics accompanying his discussion arguments to move up a gear "included" secure border "," find and expel illegal immigrants with a removal order "and" win over America ".
She concluded the segment by reminding Trump, as if speaking to him directly, that he was charming and that he needed to show his heart to the American people. Then she gave Trump a 2020 advice in what remains a new and unclear post-Mueller landscape.
"Now you will not be re-elected with praise or with the Mueller Report," she said, "but your track record of success, properly framed and explained, will you do it. better calculation of all. "